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be in dire straits

To be in a very bleak or grim situation. All of those recent layoffs indicate that the company is in dire straits. I was in dire straits there for a while, but I'm feeling much better after my hospital stay.
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in dire straits

In a very bleak or grim situation. The recent nosedive in the stock market has left many companies in dire straits. I was in dire straits there for a while, but I'm feeling much better after my hospital stay.
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in dire straits

Fig. in a very serious, bad circumstance. We are nearly broke and need money for medicine. We are in dire straits.
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When visibility in the Strait is suitable for navigation, the arrangement and order of entering the Strait shall be determined and notified to the waiting vessels and persons concerned by the Traffic Control Centre.
More importantly, it has extended financial assistance to the littoral states to improve maritime domain awareness capabilities in the Straits including the provision of five coastal radar surveillance stations situated along the Indonesia side of the Strait (and seven in the Makassar Strait and Celebes Sea).
The identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients is a major limitation of hospital data collections and has only recently been considered to reach an acceptable standard in Victoria (AIHW 2008a).
Despite its status as a protected seascape, the Tanon Strait still faces illicit activities, destroying its ecological integrity and depriving fishermen of their rightful catch.
Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Torres Strait Manager, Selina Stoute said that introducing the FRS to the Torres Strait is a positive step in supporting the local Torres Strait seafood industry.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are currently imprisoned at 21 times the rate of non-Indigenous women.
State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said the benefits that stable and positive cross-Strait ties have brought to both sides of the Taiwan Strait, the United States and the region "have been enormous.
Only about 30 kilometres (20 miles) across at its narrowest point, the strait separates the Arabian Peninsula from east Africa and links the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden.
Strait Minerals is a mineral exploration company engaged in four projects in Peru.
The project has developed the Capability Framework--Teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAL/D learners.
Iran has threatened for years to close the strait in the event of a crisis.
Their children and their spouses are Rick Strait and Kelly Burns and Brian and Neisha Strait, all of Eugene.
The proclamation recognized Strait as a heroine for her work following the catastrophic Joplin tornado on May 22, 2011.
11) designation of the Taipei branch of the Bank of China (BOC) as the renminbi clearance bank in Taiwan, thereby kicking off the cross-Taiwan Strait currency clearance mechanism.
They don't have the military capability to close the world's most important waterway Every five years, the Iranians would threaten the whole world that they would close the Strait of Hormuz.